Nancy Itzel May 1, 2020 Money Worksheets
Home schooling your own children can seem overwhelming with everything that you will be required to teach them. But if you take the time to make a plan you will have everything covered easily and teaching them what they need to know in life. One of the most basic things that you will have to teach your children is how to count money. This can be done when they are just starting out in school. There are some easy ways to teach them and they will learn quickly.
Card games usually need math skills. Children will really enjoy playing cards without realizing that they are already practicing the concepts of fraction. First, you should mix up a deck of playing cards which are numbered only. Divide the group in two teams. Ask kids to choose one card each. There need to be a student who will act as a denominator and a numerator. Whichever student simplifies the fraction first contends against the player next in line. The game ends when only one student is left.
As parents do, kids will do. Taken as an extrapolation from the popular saying, "Like Father, Like Son," there's some truth to what we do as parents, our kids will take into their adulthood. So instill good habits now for lifelong benefits.
Once my son started working a real job and had taxable income, I made him a deal that if he started an IRA with $500 and $50/month, I would match for the first year. After a couple education sessions, he jumped on it! It's a great way to jump-start their retirement savings AND further teach the greatest wonder of the personal finance world: compound interest.
Do you plan summer outings to nature centers or parks? Take this opportunity to learn about trees or plants. Otherwise, consider having your child help you plant a garden. Get some basic books from the library to help your child understand the basics and get them a little gardening gear for fun. Have them keep a little journal over the summer about what they've learned about each activity. Have them draw pictures or make leaf prints. You can even have them store leaf specimens in little baggies that you can staple to the journal pages. Have them journal about vacations too. With just a little planning, it is easy to incorporate learning into nearly any activity.
I'm not a proponent of young kids investing in the stock market. But as they get older you can encourage them to think about saving for their future and retirement. Show the older kids stock charts from the past 50-60 years and note the strong upward trend over long periods of time. With 50+ years before they retire, and by starting to save a little bit now, the Compound Interest will kick in big time!
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